Medical City Plano Hosts Graduation Ceremony for High School Senior in ICU
Medical City Plano (MCP) orchestrated a graduation ceremony for high school senior Julianne Ennis, a current patient in the Intensive Care Unit.
Julianne was brought to Medical City Plano on Friday, May 13 after being struck by a jet ski while on a senior trip with classmates. Julianne’s injuries are too severe to be discharged in time for graduation. While visiting their friend in the hospital, classmates informed Medical City Plano team, which immediately mobilized to ensure that Julianne experienced this once-in-a-lifetime milestone, despite the circumstances.
At 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 19, a cap and gown dressed Julianne was wheeled into her very own graduation ceremony, where she received her diploma. Classmates and administrators from Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Richardson, nurses, and hospital staff attended the event.
“Staff here at Medical City Plano was great to allow us to come up here and include all of the seniors so Julianne could feel part of it,” says Adam Miller, head of school at Canyon Creek Christian Academy. “And I know she felt really special and honored today.”
“I am proud to be a part of a team that care for patients beyond their physical needs,” says Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano. “Small actions, such as a graduation ceremony for a high school senior, are the elements that significantly impact a patient’s healing and experience while at Medical City Plano.”
Canyon Creek Christian Academy’s ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 20.
Watch video footage of Julianne's graduation ceremony.
About Medical City Plano
Medical City Plano this year celebrates 40 years of caring for residents of Collin and adjoining counties. It is a full-service, 493-bed, acute-care facility with more than 1,600 employees, and 1,000-plus physicians representing more than 70 specialties and subspecialties. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Medical City Plano is a Level II Trauma Center, a Comprehensive (Level I) Stroke Center, a Level III NICU, Collin County’s first Chest Pain Accredited hospital and the county’s first burn center. The hospital also holds Magnet designation for nursing excellence. MCP is part of HCA.